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Thread: Axile grease in my little Singer, pink and white, merritt 2404, HELP!

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    Axile grease in my little Singer, pink and white, merritt 2404, HELP!

    I purchased a Singer merritt 2404 today at a local thrift store. She's beautiful, but she's covered in some black greasy mess that smells like axile grease. It's spued out of every hole in the machine. It's gummed on all the gears and cogs. The bottom of the case was lined about an inch thick with paper towels to catch all the gooey overflow. OMG, my heart is breaking for her! What can I do? Please help me save her!

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    i would say take as much as you can apart and clean it good with a
    turpentine or some thing easy that will take of grease. wow that is terrible.

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    Well, you got a mess there. I'd start by physically removing everything that I could like Joset said and scraping out as much grease as I could. Then I'd get some kerosene, q-tips, rags, tooth brushes, and a cat litter tray. Put the machine in the tray and start cleaning. Let the tray catch what drains down. Use a hair dryer to soften it up if needed.
    You might also try Hoppe's #9 gun cleaning solvent. It's mostly kerosene and will do a decent job of cleaning off the grease.

    Good luck in your clean up. And I hope someone offers a better idea.

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    I'm with Joe on the kerosene. I don't know what turpentine would do; I do know that kerosene cleans gunk real well. I like his idea of the cat litter tray, too.
    Sometimes you gotta wonder, "What were they thinking?"
    Stephanie in Mena

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    Or ... where they thinking?

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    The problem with turpentine is that will turn sticky itself if you don't remove all of it. Kerosene evaporates more completely.

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    Use kerosene it is the best for grease.

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    Sure would like to see some pics of your "dirty girl" and the cleaning process. I agree with the others, kerosene and elbow grease will clean her up. I use absorbent "piddle pads" under my machines when I am cleaning them.
    Last edited by Caroline S; 10-28-2012 at 07:08 AM.
    Sweet Caroline

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    oh yes, pictures please!!

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    Went to a Singer cleaning class at Houston Market one time. We cleaned with WD40 and long strips of tulle. Melts the grease and the tulle acts like sandpaper, but doensn't scratch. Everyone's machine came out clean as a whistle.
    SandyQuilter

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    I remember reading somewhere recently that WD 40 is mostly kerosene. I know it has something else as it is designed to leave a residue to protect electrical contacts from moisture but the huge majority is just kerosene. Great tip on the tulle!

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    Be careful using any solvent on the plastic parts. I just cleaned up a Singer 401 that had a LOT of grease everywhere and the balance wheel was full of oil - don't ask me how they did it. The machine was bought from a lady who swore she had a friend who was a sewing machine repair man. If he was he was an amateur at best. The top of the motor was full of grease and oil slinging everywhere. (I had to rebuild the motor.) I dug out as much as I could with paper towels - Qtips - brush - anything that reaches in there. The machine's stitch selector was frozen up with 3 in 1 oil - it took a solvent to get it apart but there are no plastic parts there. The grand kids were over for a while that day and used up a whole box of Q -tips digging out grease... LOL Here is their pic in case you missed it... I'm proud of them - they love digging out grease and oil. Just hide the screw drivers...
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    oh they are SO cute!!

    thanks for sharing! I love their hair . . . . mmmmm!

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